Wednesday 25 November, 2020

Ten years later, man wins assault case against the state

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A 60-year-old man, who was beaten by two police officers in 2010 and falsely charged after he attempted to help a woman who collapsed while walking along Independence Square in Port of Spain, has won his case against the State. 

High Court Judge David Harris, in a 17-page ruling, upheld the lawsuit brought against the State by Wayne Roberts, in which he claimed he was assaulted and maliciously persecuted. 

In July 2010, Roberts was liming near the Express House, when he saw the woman fall to the ground. 
He ran to render assistance. 

Nearby he saw two woman police constables (WPCs), however, the women never came to the woman’s assistance. When he saw the WPCs about to enter a police vehicle, he ran up to the car, which had two male officers as well, and said – “Look the lady faint. That is why the public don’t respect all yuh. All yuh getting on like imps.” 

He then returned to the woman but soon came under attack by the two male police officers, who began hitting Roberts with their batons repeatedly. 

The ordeal went on for several minutes, and Roberts suffered injuries to his head and chest. 

He was charged by the officers, but the matter was soon discontinued by the Director of Public Prosecutions. 

Harris, in his ruling this week, upheld the lawsuit. 

Damages were to be assessed at a later date by the Master in Chambers at the court house.  

Roberts was represented by attorney Keith Scotland, who was instructed by Kathy-Ann Mottley. 

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